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Dissertation Abstract

Shepherd Leadership

William B. Donelson, Jr.
Regent University

Shepherd Leadership is the topic of this descriptive research. The need for is study is based on the Church's organic nature. The question to be addressed: "Is the biblical shepherd an appropriate Church leadership model?" The answer requires an understanding of the shepherd metaphor, the Church's organic nature, and their unique relationship.

The scope of this investigation is limited to the characteristics, development, role, and relationships required of a biblical shepherd. The purpose is to present the research results as a basis for a Church leadership model. Throughout the Bible, the shepherd is a major and reoccurring leader. Although our current culture is not pastoral in character, understanding the shepherd metaphor may help us better envision the relational aspects of leadership. Bass's Transformational Leadership Theory (1985) has been used to organize the research results.